Is This A Room: Reality Winner Verbatim Transcription

September 13–15, 2019

June 3, 2017. A 25-year-old former Air Force linguist named Reality Winner is surprised at her home by FBI agents.

As the verbal dance between knife-sharp Reality and the FBI agents unfolds in Reality’s home and her autonomy shrinks before her eyes, a simmering real-life thriller emerges—with consequences that extend from the most personal to the totally political.

Arrested and charged with leaking evidence of Russian interference in our election, Reality now sits in jail serving a record-breaking sentence. Reading about her fate, Tina Satter, artistic director of Obie-winning ensemble Half Straddle (In The Pony Palace/ FOOTBALL, 2014 Fringe Festival; Ghost Rings, 2017 Fringe Festival), followed a link to the FBI transcript of the interrogation and was struck by the young woman’s humor, self-assuredness, and predicament. Half Straddle’s staging of the verbatim transcript―tinged with the company’s signature surreal style yet frighteningly visceral in its realism―lays bare the power dynamics, natural drama, and relevancy of a true story, still unfolding.

With an original score by Sanae Yamada (Moon Duo, Vive la Void).

ASL interpretation on Saturday, September 14 at 2pm.